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Tulane, Southeastern look to boost postseason baseball résumés

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Coach David Pierce, center, has the Green Wave pointed in the right direction as Tulane tries to boost its case for a postseason berth.

Fresh off its first road sweep in seven years, the Tulane baseball team is ready for some home cooking. The Green Wave’s matchup with Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will be the opener of a season-high eight-game home stretch at Turchin Stadium — double the previous high. With both teams chasing an at-large… Continue reading →

Tulane holds off Cincinnati 9-5 for road sweep

CINCINNATI — Eight early runs for Tulane’s baseball team allowed the Green Wave to hold off a rally by Cincinnati for a 9-5 win Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium, giving Tulane their first road series sweep since 2008 while also giving the program its 1,900th victory. Tulane (27-16, 8-7 American Athletic Conference) jumped out to… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team blanks Cincinnati behind Corey Merrill and Hunter Williams

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane first baseman Tyler Wilson (40) is greeted at home by Tulane first baseman Hunter Williams (39) after Wilson hit a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning against Gonzaga at Turchin Stadium  in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 8, 2015.

CINCINNATI — Tulane baseball set a single-season school record with its ninth shutout in a 4-0 victory over Cincinnati at Marge Schott Stadium on Friday night behind a strong performance from junior pitcher Corey Merrill and sophomore Hunter Williams at the plate. Tulane (25-16, 6-7 American) belted out double-digit hits — including three from Williams —… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team visits Cincinnati for pivotal American Athletic Conference series

Advocate file photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane pitcher Corey Merrill (21) throws a fastball over the plate during action against San Francisco at Turchin Stadium on Feb. 20.

The Tulane baseball team caught a bad break in the American Athletic Conference schedule. The Green Wave’s NCAA regional hopes virtually require a series win at last-place Cincinnati this weekend, but the Bearcats are dramatically better at home than on the road. They have yet to win away from Marge Schott Stadium in conference play, suffering the… Continue reading →

Tulane lands commitment from Riverside’s Von Julien; starting point guard Jonathan Stark to transfer

Tulane's Jonathan Stark takes a breather as his team falls behind Washington late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Seattle. Washington won 66-57. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

It’s a been a topsy-turvy week for point guards at Tulane. The Green Wave landed its third three-star prospect of the late signing period Wednesday morning, when Riverside High School’s Von Julien publicly pledged to Tulane. But his arrival was sandwiched between the news that Tulane’s two incumbent point guards intend to transfer, including Wednesday’s announcement by two-year… Continue reading →

Green Wave sets sights on regional berth

Finally out of last place halfway through the American Athletic Conference schedule, Tulane (24-16, 5-7 AAC) has loftier goals for the rest of the season. The Green Wave’s relatively high RPI (41st according to WarrenNolan.com) is the primary reason it could be poised to make a run at an NCAA regional for the first time in seven years.… Continue reading →

Chris Chinea slams a homer, LSU pitchers one-hit Tulane as top-ranked Tigers cruise to 6-0 win

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU's volunteer assistant coach Will Davis congratulates Chris Chinea on hitting a home run as he rounds third base during a 6-0 win over Tulane on Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium.

Chris Chinea was right – that faceguard didn’t bother him a bit. And, now, the main event can begin. Sporting a guard for his stitched-up chin, Chinea slammed a solo home run over the left-center field wall in his third at-bat since taking a fastball off the chin, and LSU beat Tulane 6-0 on Tuesday… Continue reading →

Point guard Keith Pinckney leaving Tulane

Associated Press file photo by Elaine Thompson -- Point guard Keith Pinckney averaged just 9.4 minutes per game last season for Tulane.

Tulane sophomore point guard Keith Pinckney is transferring from the Green Wave men’s basketball program and has been given a release to do so. The former three-star prospect failed to supplant Jonathan Stark in the starting lineup, logging just 9.4 minutes per game as the Green Wave compiled a 15-16 record last season. He is now… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team bounces back with 10-0 romp over UCF

After an ugly shutout loss to Central Florida on Saturday, Tulane coach David Pierce said he would find out what his team was made of Sunday. The Green Wave answered by run-ruling an opponent for the first time in six years. Taking full advantage of a favorable pitching matchup, the Wave blanked UCF for the second time… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team falls behind early in shutout loss to UCF

Coming off its first series-opening win in five weeks, the Tulane baseball team needed less than a minute to kick any momentum away. More accurately, the Green Wave let that momentum go right between its legs. Third baseman Hunter Hope did not get down on a grounder hit right at him on the third pitch,… Continue reading →

Tulane men’s basketball gets recruiting boost

The spring singing period has become a fruitful one for Tulane basketball coach Ed Conroy. Just two days after three-star shooting guard Kain Harris signed, the Green Wave landed a pledge from its top target: three-star small forward Kipper Nichols. Rated as the No. 6 player in Ohio by 247Sports.com, Nichols boosts Tulane’s incoming recruiting class… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team defeats UCF 3-0

UCF entered its weekend series against Tulane with the most potent offense in the American Athletic Conference, but the Green Wave relied on defense to take them down. Tulane made highlight-reel plays on defense the entire night, which helped them squeeze out a 3-0 victory over UCF at Turchin Stadium on Friday night — their first… Continue reading →

Tulane’s system fits newest signee guard Harris well

Tulane Head coach Ed Conroy speaks with an official during the second half of his team's 67-60 loss to Connecticut in an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

It didn’t take long for Kain Harris to sign on the dotted line. Tulane’s newest basketball addition sent his official papers within the first hour he was allowed to, as the Green Wave began the spring signing period with a bang. Harris, a consensus three-star shooting guard, spurned offers from Creighton, West Virginia, South Carolina and… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team tries to stop its Friday night losing against UCF

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Connecticut outfielder Jack Sundberg makes it safely to second on a steal while Tulane infielder Jake Willsey takes a tumble during a March 27 game at Turchin Stadium.

Right fielder Lex Kaplan said he felt different before the Tulane baseball team salvaged its series finale at Houston last Sunday. After 4-3 and 6-1 losses to start the weekend, he saw the Green Wave’s 3-1 victory coming. “We just have to come out with the same intensity as that Sunday game,” Kaplan said. “Everyone was up… Continue reading →

Tulane will have a strong presence at Saints' local pro day

Tulane defensive back Lorenzo Doss runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Tulane will be well represented at the New Orleans Saints’ local pro day on Friday. Among those attending the workout will be Tulane running back Lorenzo Doss, cornerback Tauren Nixon, offensive lineman Sean Donnelly, and tight end Matt Marfisi, according to sources. Xavier basketball player Sydney Coleman and Western Kentucky cornerback Dalton Patterson, a New Orleans native, will also be among those… Continue reading →

Last-place Tulane baseball squad is set for some home cooking, starting with Tuesday’s game against Southern Miss

The Tulane baseball team may be staring up from the cellar, but its situation is far from hopeless. After losing three consecutive series to begin its membership in the American Athletic Conference, the Green Wave (22-14, 3-6) has managed to avoid being swept, allowing it to sit only two games back of second-place Memphis in the eight-team… Continue reading →

Report: Head games? Head of Tulane mascot Riptide stolen, university needs a "heads up" as to its location, perpetrator

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Trace Hancock takes a picture with Tulane's team mascot during Great Scott, a campus-wide celebration to honor Tulane President ,Scott Cowen at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Friday, March 28, 2014.

. Tulane mascot Riptide had his head stolen three weeks ago, and the university needs to find out who stole it and where it is. "Mascots are key figures in every athletics department around the nation and Riptide is no different for Tulane Athletics and its fans," Assistant Athletic Director for Athletics Communications Roger Dunaway… Continue reading →

Alex Massey mows down Cougars, lifts Tulane to 3-1 win

HOUSTON — Just when Tulane’s baseball season looked its bleakest, along came Alex Massey. The redshirt junior pitcher, who earlier this season was jettisoned from the weekend rotation, highlighted his return to a starting role by tossing a two-hitter, leading Tulane to a 3-1 victory over Houston on Sunday afternoon at Cougar… Continue reading →

Cougars cruise past Tulane 6-1

HOUSTON — The benches were thin at Cougar Field. Tulane coach David Pierce was suspended for one game due to arguing Houston’s game-winning double in the series opener and Houston coach Todd Whitting was ejected for disputing balls and strikes three innings into Saturday’s game. Despite the more sudden change, the Cougars adjustment to the shakeup… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team loses to Houston 4-3 as Cougars score winning run in ninth inning

HOUSTON — Jacob Campbell doubled in the bottom of the, ninth driving in Josh Vidales with the winning run as Houston defeated Tulane 4-3 at Cougar Field. Vidales led off the Cougars’ ninth with a single to center. Chris Iriart sacrificed him to second bringing Campbell. Campbell sent the first pitch from reliever Patrick Duester down the line in… Continue reading →

Swingman Josh Hearlihy leaves Tulane men’s basketball team

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Josh Hearlihy (11) of Tulane defends as Matt Bingaya (2) of Southern Miss approaches the basket Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Tulane swingman Josh Hearlihy is leaving the men’s basketball program, coach Ed Conroy said Friday. Hearlihy was an option off the bench for the Green Wave the past two seasons, playing in 32 games during his two seasons at Tulane. As a sophomore, he averaged 9.7 minutes, scoring just 20 total points, pulling down 21 rebounds and… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team hoping to keep momentum at Houston

David Pierce knows when to pick his spots. Tulane’s first-year baseball coach has a calculation in his head about when to get involved and when to stay the course. Last weekend, after the Green Wave was shut out for third time in three weeks, he took the opportunity to meet with his… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team defeats Nicholls State 7-1 at Turchin Stadium

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane's Lex Kaplan

Tulane baseball coach David Pierce mixed up the pitching assignments for Tuesday night’s game with Nicholls State. He did not need to change anything in the batting order because the same hitters remained white hot for the Green Wave. Junior closer Ian Gibaut pitched three solid innings in his first career start, while Stephen Alemais,… Continue reading →

After 2-2 road trip, Tulane baseball team welcomes Nicholls State on Tuesday

Tulane’s baseball players insisted they aren’t panicking. Despite compiling a 4-7 record over the past three weeks and falling out of not only the national rankings but also the NCAA tournament picture, the Green Wave sees a series of correctable errors as the cause of its scuffling ways. The first opportunity to reverse the trend… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team defeats East Carolina 8-6 behind pitcher Alex Massey, strong offense

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Tulane’s offense came alive Saturday with 14 hits, and junior Alex Massey pitched effectively in his first start since early March in an 8-6 victory at East Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Tulane (20-12, 2-4 American Athletic Conference) entered the game looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of ECU (19-13, 3-3). The… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team falls at East Carolina again

GREENVILLE, N.C. — The Tulane baseball team held leads in the second and fifth innings Friday, but host East Carolina chipped away before scoring eight runs in the sixth and seventh to send the Green Wave to an 11-4 loss. Tulane (19-12, 1-4 American) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the second on sophomore Lex… Continue reading →